How I Do: Green Crafts

There is nothing more frustrating than your printer running out of ink when you are in the middle of making a craft! This is especially the case when you know you are going to have to go and spend a decent chunk of money in order to refill it again. Printer ink is one of those products which just seems to be expensive no matter what.

Since printers came onto the scene, cartridges are something that have always seemed to be pricey. This can be a big issue, especially for those who are using their printer on a daily basis – like me! It seems like the ink runs out in practically no time (which is why I, admittedly use the work printer a little more often than I should!). However, the good news is that there is a viable solution to this problem, and that is to recycle your ink cartridges once they have run out through the refilling process!

A lot of people are actually surprised to learn that they can refill their ink cartridges. Then there are those that have heard about doing it, but have assumed that it is damaging to the printer and don’t do it. This is definitely not the case. In fact, there are a lot of printer companies around the country who will refill your cartridges for you, whether you have Canon ink cartridges or any other brand. This is something you can do yourself as well. There are plenty of guides on the Internet providing you with steps on how to manage this McGuivere task. Nonetheless, if you don’t feel confident, then merely pop into your nearest printer shop – and they will be more than happy to do it for you.

Nevertheless, it is worth bearing in mind that you cannot just buy one ink cartridge and keep refilling it for the rest of your life. If only it was that simple! There is no set number when it comes to how many times you can refill your ink cartridges. This is something you need to look out for yourself by assessing the quality of the cartridge every time you go to refill. However, most professionals will state that you will get at least four to five refills from your cartridge. Just imagine how much money you will save by going down this route. Compared to the amount you spend now you will be able to reduce the money you spend on ink cartridges by a whopping 80 per cent. After all, a refill won’t cost you hardly anything at all, it is the cartridges themselves which prove to be the expensive component in all of this.

It is also worth bearing in mind the fact that by refilling your ink cartridges you are also doing your bit for the environment because you are recycling as well. Instead of every cartridge contributing to landfill pollution and alike whenever it is used, it will actually be used again and again. This can only be a good thing, especially in a day and age whereby there is so much emphasis placed on protecting our precious planet.

Next time you find yourself running low on precious ink, consider the possibility of refilling and recycling your cartridges!


How I Do: Making Videos

Thanks to the internet it is easier than ever to help other people through sharing your knowledge and experience. Whether you have a way to style your hair that others might want to learn or you’re someone who can provide good advice in other areas of life, you can speak directly to those who need you through video. However, if you’re new to making content it can be a bit tricky, unless you’re employing the help video production company, so here are some tips on how you can get your voice out there to help others.

First of all, you’re going to need to know how to get the video recorded. Where once upon a time you would need all sorts of equipment to make a film, these days you can do so with a phone or a small digital camera. Now, obviously the more expensive the technology you are using the better your recordings are going to be, but we are talking about videos to help people online rather than a blockbuster movie! Most of the time nowadays your phone’s camera or a laptop webcam should be able to help you get what you need to say recorded and still look good. Here are some apps that might be of assistance:
  • Camera Pro Plus
  • Camera Genius
  • Camcorder Pro

Once you have recorded your video, you might want to make some adjustments such as add subtitles, include other pictures or change your footage. Once again, in the past editing video was a much bigger and tougher job than it is now. You can edit the video that you have recorded on your phone, but it might be easier to use software on your laptop or PC. Depending on what you choose to do, make sure you are taking notes of what you want to do and keeping a log. You want to make sure the advice you are given viewers is easy to watch and not choppy because that will defeat the point. Here are some apps that might be of assistance: 
  • iMovie
  • Splice
  • Video Crop 
The final step is to upload your video to your chosen outlet. If you have a blog then you should make sure that where you are uploading your content to allows you to embed a video on your website. Places like YouTube and Vimeo are pretty straightforward to use, firstly, you will need to have an account and then you find the upload button and follow the instructions. Some useful tips for you when uploading include: 
  • Make sure your video is titled appropriately
  • Use tags so that your video appears in searches
  • Include links to your blog in the description 
Helpful Videos
Hopefully, this quick guide has made it easier for you to get your video out there. The best use of knowledge is to share it and not keep it private. There are many people out there looking for help from makeup suggestions to clothing ideas and you might be the person they need.